Stadium for Cornwall – Truro?
The latest news from County Hall (or its new name Lyns Kernow) is on a Stadium for Cornwall. This research has centred on where the best place it should be. I personally have been in two minds if this is viable due to need and cost. I am no expert on this, so I am always interesting in hearing and reading what so called experts say.
Stadium specialist Gardiner and Theobald has undertaken extensive analysis of possible locations across Cornwall based on four key factors: Social, Transport, Environment and Economic.
These experts have identified a site(s). They are Truro and Threemilestone. There is no getting away from the fact that this stadium has to be near the main carriageway of Cornwall, and that is the A30. I won’t argue that point, but I will argue the point of why Truro?
Yes, Truro is the de-facto capitol of Cornwall, but there is a lot of Cornwall to the east of Truro. Maybe it should be further to the east. Maybe a more central location would be better. It’s the same reason why I would rule out a stadium to the west. There have been many accusations that Cornwall or the powers-to-be are too Truro-centric. This plays into that charge. (picture is just for illustration)
I would be very interested to hear as to why other location(s) were discounted and why. I am also of the view that this stadium should be built and run by a private concern, and not the Council. Sure we could help out with some funding, but to run it would not be a good idea. Look how well the Dome started.
Another question is that who will be ‘based’ at this stadium? will it be Rugby, Football, or both? Will it have a running track around it? If a team is based will they be asked to pay for some of the build costs. These are all questions that need to be addressed (and I would hope they are) before a brick is laid.
I am told by a statement from Cornwall Council that a further study will take place and that will include a business plan which will identify the facilities and possible tenants. This is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.
But as I said at the beginning, I am not a stadium expert and will still keep an open mind when (IF!) I am consulted on this matter.